The engineer’s forum demands clarity on increased household electricity bill

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The engineer’s forum demands clarity on increased household electricity bill

Guwahati, 9 April 2023:

Expressing concern over the alleged unusual increase in monthly electricity charges after shifting to a prepaid bill-paying system, a forum of graduate engineers urges Assam Power Distribution Company Limited, a division of the government-run Assam State Electricity Board, to clarify its stand on the process of changing conventional electro-mechanical meters (with a rotating aluminum disc) to electronic (digital/smart) meters with an LCD or LED display must not record more energy consumption (to increase the monthly bills) at any cost.

All Assam Engineer’s Association (AAEA), while supporting the new technology as preferred by many countries across the globe with an aim to reduce energy losses, urges the APDCL to enlighten the consumers about the new prepaid system such as a cell phone or DTH recharge. The consumers here actually buy their required energy units in advance and once the balance amount turns zero, the power supply will be automatically cut off. In simple terms, the balance amount keeps reducing after the consumption of every unit of energy.

“In India, one unit of electricity is defined as 1 kilowatt hour (means the energy consumed by the appliances totaling 1000 watts for 1 hour. Consumers should get an alert when their account balances reach a low level. They can insist on putting LED bulbs and judiciously use heavy energy appliances like iron, dyers, heater, heavy old fan, air conditioners, etc,” said AAEA president Er Kailas Sarma, working president Er Nava J Thakuria and secretary Er Inamul Hye.

Mentionable is that the electricity prices for household consumption remain moderate in India, whereas Iran, Sudan, Libya, Iraq, Syria, Zimbabwe, Bhutan, Egypt, Burma, Cuba, Ghana, Laos, Argentina, Afghanistan, Nepal, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Russia, etc charges lower energy prices. India is followed by UAE, Vietnam, China, Turkey, South Korea, Taiwan, Indonesia, Mexico, Canada, Thailand, Mauritius, Norway, Maldives, Cambodia, South Africa, Israel, Brazil, Romania, USA, Philippines, New Zealand, France, Switzerland, Australia, Singapore, Japan, Sweden, Spain, UK, Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Denmark, etc with higher electricity prices.

India, being the third largest producer of electricity in the world, depends on fossil fuels (mostly coal and gas) and the government is looking for alternate (renewable) energy sources to feed the billion-plus nation. The country has witnessed an increase in per capita electricity consumption in recent years. To keep up the momentum, the AAEA appealed to the APDCL management to simplify the guidelines for installing household solar units for the benefit of consumers, so that they can use the supplied electricity according to their needs only.

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